Just 15 minutes a day can build a strong foundation between you and your children when it comes to preventing bullying.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) advocates checking in with purpose: Have meaningful discussions with your children that will help you both “build effective strategies for facing bullying—whether children are being bullied, engaging in bullying, or witnessing bullying.”
The free KnowBullying app puts the “power to prevent bullying in your hand.” Learn about bullying from risk factors, warning signs, and prevention to the dos and don’ts of intervention and support. Get tips for specific age groups such as 3 to 6 year olds or teens. Find age-appropriate conversation starters, such as “Share one person you met or played with,” and “Where would you go if you could travel anywhere in the world? Why?” You can even add profiles for each of your children that include conversation reminders based on your schedule.
The app also provides hotlines and resources for immediate help. Educators can check in, too, and get strategies to address bullying in the classroom.
Unveiled at the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit on August 15, the KnowBullying app is intended to support community-wide and national efforts in preventing bullying and its harmful long-term effects.
“Love the app,” states one user. “Great resource for conversation with my 6th grader.”
Get the app for Android and iPhones here.
Watch a short video on the app:

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